Decubitus Ulcers on Autopsy

Why Does it Mention Decubitus Ulcers on an Autopsy or Death Certificate?

Decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores or pressure sores, are listed on autopsies or death certificates because of their preventable nature. A decubitus ulcer is not supposed to occur. These pressure wounds usually result from patient neglect. As a result, when a Medical Examiner discovers a decubitus ulcer on an autopsy, he or she will probably list it as a cause of death. If your loved one’s death certificate mentions a decubitus ulcer or pressure sore, you may have a decubitus ulcer lawsuit arising from elder abuse and neglect. Don’t be embarrassed if you didn’t know about the wound. Staff often times minimize the significance of the wound so they can avoid liability. Speak with a decubitus ulcer lawyer today about your options if you believe your loved one’s wrongful death may have been caused by decubitus ulcer wounds. Call us at 561-316-7207 to start investigating your potential pressure sore wrongful death case today.

Decubitus Ulcer and Bed Sores Mentioned on Autopsy: Now What?

If the Medical Examiner or private physician who performed the autopsy mentions decubitus ulcers on your loved one’s body, there may be a state investigation into elder abuse and neglect. Each state is different, but most state’s departments of health will have a wing that investigates wrongful deaths that came about from elder neglect. A decubitus ulcer on an autopsy may fit this category. You may want to report the wound so that the department of health investigates. If you need more information on how to report a potential wrongful death as a result of elder neglect, speak with an elder abuse attorney or call us at (561) 316-7207.

Photograph of Autopsy Report Listing Decubitus Ulcer as Cause of Death

Autopsy listing Decubitus Ulcers (Bed Sores)

Autopsy which includes decubitus ulcers as cause of death.

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